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Benefits of martial arts in your workout

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Are you tired of doing the same old gym routine? Then you have martial arts to try out and achieve all your physical and mental fitness desires. Muhammed Ssozi, a former boxer who frequents the gym, says martial arts are more effective in maintaining body fitness as most of them involve the whole body.


Karate will teach you to punch, kick, block, and evasion techniques. In karate, an individual uses the hands, feet, and elbows for self-defence, making it a great way to tone and strengthen the upper body. Karate is also a fitness and weight loss programme, according to Paul Kakande, a fitness coach.

“Karate provides a full-body workout that targets improvement in cardiovascular capabilities, muscular toning, and stamina. It combines cardio, endurance training, and muscle toning while burning excess fat,” he adds.


Unlike karate, taekwondo focuses more on the legs since it typically involves kicking. It has less impact on the hands and upper body, hence being the best alternative in toning and strengthening the lower body.

Francis Ola, a taekwondo player with the Uganda Police taekwondo team, says the most beneficial health effects of taekwondo are weight loss, building of strong bones and muscles, cardiovascular health, flexibility as well as agility and reflexes.

“Taekwondo involves strenuous activities such as sit-ups and push-ups while training. The practice will also require you to learn how to punch and spar against a stronger opponent. In the process, you will tone your muscles and fight obesity,” Ola says.


Unlike other martial arts, judo focuses more on rolling and controlling opponents by holding them off, rather than striking them. This explains why most people who fear being hurt or beaten up opt for this kind of martial arts. Regular Judo training will also help you burn a tonne of calories.


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